Apr 15, 2015; Dallas, TX, USA; Portland Trail Blazers forwardLaMarcus Aldridge
(12) shoots a free throw during the game against the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center. The Mavericks defeated the Trail Blazers 114-98. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
As of right now, LaMarcus Aldridge is the hottest free agent in the league. Many teams such as the Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets and the San Antonio Spurs are are trying to make their rounds with Aldridge to discuss the possibilities of joining the team.
If the Spurs make an offer to Aldridge, many players on the roster will be affected greatly. Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili will have to take a nice little pay cut, other players such as Danny Green and Tiago Splitter may be gone and Spurs would also still need to pay Kawhi Leonard with a max deal.
These changes will also take place faster than a blink of an eye and it must be done in order to make sure things are done the right way for this season. The Spurs are smart when it comes to handling situations like this, so hopefully they make the right move during the next couple of weeks.
Apr 22, 2015; Memphis, TN, USA; Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) during the game against the Memphis Grizzlies in game two of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at FedExForum. Memphis Grizzlies beat Portland Trail Blazers 97 – 82 Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports
When pursing Aldridge, the Spurs need to make him a offer he can’t refuse, so that way he will be committed to the organization and play his heart out. Many players in the league have been offered the right amount of money and the contract they ask for, but do not live up to the expectation many people want to see.
For example, remember how the Los Angeles Lakers picked up Dwight Howard a couple of years back? Many thought that Howard would be the new center to dominant under the paint and help Kobe Bryant to another championship. Well things turned to the worst and Howard never truly fit in. Not only that, he left the team after one season and him and Bryant don’t even like each other for all that matters.
The Spurs need to prepare for what will take place when they sit down with Aldridge. Give him that offer that he is wanting and he will return the favor. With his excellent post game, shooting and rebounding will definitely be a much needed factor on the team. If the Spurs are willing to give up key players that helped the team win games, then they can surely make an offer to a player they know will help them fight to the end in the long run.